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Posts tagged “Windows 10”

DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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Windows 10 fixes its recent game performance bug

Microsoft have blasted out a Windows 10 patch to fix a bug which was causing poor performance in games for many people. Destiny 2 is the only game Microsoft name as an example, though it seems to have hit many more. This problem was introduced in update KB4482887, released on March 1st, and Microsoft had advised affected players to uninstall the update and wait for…

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Microsoft may be tinkering with playing Xbox One games on Windows

Microsoft may be experimenting with bringing support for Xbox One games to PC, or so suspect cybersleuths poking around in recent test versions of Windows 10. Microsoft have released Windows 10 editions of all their own Xbone games for several years now but if this turns out to be what some suspect, Windows may in future directly support any and all Xbox One games. Maybe.…

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Windows 10 is now the world’s biggest OS, even though you hate it

Windows 10, which you hate, is now the world's most widely-adopted operating system, according to a new report, even though you hate it. Despite the fact that you hate it, it has now dethroned Windows 7, which you don't hate, as king of OSes. Not by a massive margin, admittedly - which is almost certainly because you hate it so much- but the graph's only…

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Windows 10 October update finally adds ray-tracing support for Nvidia’s RTX Turing cards

If you've turned on your Windows 10 PC today, you've probably been hassled at least three times by now that it's time for another big old update - specifically, the Windows 10 October update. This time, however, it's actually got a bunch of neat gaming goodies in store, especially if you're one of the three people who have already bought one of the new [block…

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Oculus ditches Windows 7 and 8 support for new Rift features

Bad news for Rift owners still running Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs this morning, as Oculus have announced they've updated the minimum OS spec requirement for their Rift VR goggles to Windows 10. That doesn't mean your VR headset will suddenly stop working with your Windows 7/8 PC, of course - it's just that you'll probably miss out on all of Oculus' new-fangled gubbins further down the…

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Feature: Window of opportunity

How to install Windows 10

Here it is. The final step of our How to Build a PC guide. You've got your brand-new PC ready and waiting. All we need now is to give it an operating system. I'll be taking you through how to install Windows 10 in this particular article (it really isn't as bad as everyone says it is, even if it can be immensely irritating sometimes),…

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Feature: Tomorrow's display tech isn't quite ready for prime-time

HDR for PC games is a hot mess (but it’s nice when it works)

A few of the things I have had to do in order to get a workable version of HDR (also known as high dynamic range), the new-ish display technology that significantly ramps up brightness, darkness and vibrancy, on my PC (not including the acquisition of a fancy monitor): - Try four different display cables - Adjust as many as seven different brightness/contrast/colour etc shaders per…

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Microsoft’s cheaper, lower-spec VR initiative Mixed Reality launches October 17th

Arriving late to virtual reality, Microsoft have rebranded it Windows Mixed Reality et voila, the revolution will begin anew on October 17th. Microsoft have announced that Mixed Reality support will hit Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update on that day, launching their VR initiative alongside headsets from several companies. Windows Mixed Reality is a term that supposedly will one day encompass both virtual reality…

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Feature: Can the Creators Update really help games?

Windows 10 Game Mode tested: minimal gains, unless you’re unusually cruel to your PC

Microsoft chucked out the Windows 10 Creators Update this week, which is the sort of thing that true-blue enthusiasts of IBM-Compatible home computers used to call a Service Pack back in the day. It's a surprisingly game-focused update in its way, a built-in streaming service (akin to Twitch, only inevitably far less popular) known as Beam, a concerted effort to put all its game-related settings…

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Feature: Can a new option in your OS really improve performance?

Interview: Windows 10’s new Game Mode explained

Just last week (and yet somehow an eternity ago, in terms of world events), Microsoft announced that they'd soon be adding something called 'Game Mode' to Windows 10 with the aim of improving games' performance, but gave away few details about what this might involve. Are we talking real framerate gains, suppressing potentially bothersome background tasks or just freeing up a wee bit of RAM?…

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Zoom-o: Windows 10 ‘Game Mode’ to boost performance

Windows 10 will add a 'Game Mode' to "improve the performance of your PC games", Microsoft have announced. They don't say much about what it actually is but hey, free performance boosts are always welcome. I'd also accept it changing my desktop wallpaper to some glowy tendril-y abstract art made in 1999 with a pirated copy of Photoshop following a tutorial, adding System Shock 2…

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Sea of Thieves shows off more piratey co-op features

Microsoft may have stuck a dagger into each of the kidneys of Scalebound, cancelling it from future-existence, but at least they have neglected to murder upcoming co-operative pirate adventure Sea of Thieves [official site]. We’ve only today been reminded of the co-op hijinks by a new trailer showing some of the finer details that Rare are working into the game. There’s shovels, treasure maps, sea…

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Windows 10 Store Games Now Support Offline Play

I welcome Microsoft's latest renewed interest in PC gaming, glad to see their big Xbone games on PC, but it's a shame they started so sloppily. Between requiring Windows 10, only selling on the janky Windows Store, capping framerates... it seemed so half-arsed. But they have slowly (too slowly) been buffing out problems, and recently fixed another big problem: Windows 10 games can now be…

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare From Windows Store Can’t Do Multiplayer With Steam Players

If you were hoping that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official website] or Modern Warfare Remastered would have the cross-platform play that some recent PC games have had, you're in for a bit of crushing disappointment. It's not even unified on PC. People who buy IW or MWR for Windows 10 through Microsoft's Windows Store are unable to play multiplayer with players who own it on…

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Try Out 30 Minutes Of Mighty No. 9 Dev’s ReCore

Not so sure about ReCore [official site]? Did Mighty No. 9 leave you feeling a litle unsure about the whole Comcept and Keiji Inafune thing? No one could blame you. Microsoft seeks to rectify any uncertainty you might have about the action platformer with the introduction of a 30-minute demo that's up for grabs on Windows 10. Or at least get your attention if you…

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Gears Of War 4 Shows 20 Minutes Of Prologue Gameplay

Given that it's been a fair few years since we last had Gears of War on PC, you might have missed or forgotten what it's all about - other than fridgemen crouching behind waist-high concrete blocks shouting, obvs. Something about aliens? Or were they Moonmen? Morlocks? With pet coconut crabs? Well, with Gears of War 4 [official site] a fortnight away from launching on Windows…

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Bonza Zooming: Forza Horizon 3 Released On Win 10

Australia's natural car ecosystem was ruined by the arrival of European invaders and the foreign cars which stowed away on their ships. Facing no natural predators, car species like the BMW M3 and Reliant three-wheelers quickly dominated all biomes. Forza Horizon 3 [official site], as I understand it, is a game about subtly stamping out those invasive species by driving them quite quickly and unsafely.…

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Halo? Is It PC You’re Looking For? Halo 5: Forge Is Out

Forge! Huah! What is it good for? More than you might think. Halo 5: Forge has arrived free on Windows 10 and while it's not full Halo 5 with the FPS's campaign and all its multiplayer jazz and whatnot, it's more than the level editor it initially seems. I mean, yes, it does have a level editor, but also it also supports 16-player online Halo…

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Forza 6 Apex Launches Leaves Beta With Wheel Support

Now Microsoft have unveiled plans to bring their headline Xbox One games to Windows 10 too, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex [official site] seems a little odd. It's not full and proper Forza, see, rather a singleplayer-only free version of Turn 10's drive 'em up. Well! We may now know that Forza Horizon 3 is coming to Win 10, multiplayer and all, but let's not forget…

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